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Chelsea footballer Fernandez has issued a public apology after a video surfaced featuring members of the Argentina squad singing a controversial song about France’s black players. The video, posted during celebrations of Argentina’s Copa America victory, prompted widespread condemnation for its racially offensive content. In response, FIFA has launched an investigation into the incident, with both the French Football Federation (FFF) and anti-discrimination organizations expressing outrage and calling for accountability.

In his apology, Fernandez, Chelsea’s £107m record signing, expressed regret for his involvement in the video, stating that the words used do not reflect his beliefs or character. Chelsea Football Club has initiated an internal disciplinary procedure, and anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out has emphasized the need for educational measures and accountability beyond mere apologies. The FFF has announced plans to file a complaint with FIFA against the Argentine Football Association, condemning the remarks as contrary to the values of sport and human rights.

FIFA, in response to the incident, has strongly condemned all forms of discrimination and is actively investigating the matter. The controversy underscores ongoing concerns about racism in football, prompting calls for comprehensive action to address such behavior both within clubs and at international levels.

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Le Meridien Kochi sparkled with glitz and glamour as the VPN IBE (FMB Awards) gala unfolded, a collaborative effort by Pegasus Group and Manappuram Finance Ltd. This grand event was dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the luminaries who have carved their names in the annals of cinema, business, and media with their exceptional talent and dedication.

In a momentous acknowledgment of his cinematic legacy, Shri Balachandra Menon was honored with the prestigious Film Iconic Legacy Award. The Media Excellence Award found its deserving recipient in Mr. Johny Lukose, while Mr. Gokulam Gopalan was hailed as the Business Visionary Award winner for his groundbreaking contributions to the corporate world.

Distributing these coveted accolades was none other than Shri V. P. Nandakumar, the distinguished MD & CEO of Manappuram Finance Ltd, adding an aura of reverence to the proceedings. With the esteemed presence of Show Director Ajit Ravi, the VPN IBE (FMB Awards) gala became not just a celebration of achievement, but a beacon of inspiration for future generations striving for excellence in their chosen fields.

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Scheduled for May 13th at 11 am at Le Meridien in Kochi, the 2024 Unique Times Conclave, in collaboration with Manappuram Finance Limited, will celebrate the theme “Entrepreneurship as a Tool for Women’s Empowerment.” This event will focus on the influential role of entrepreneurship in fostering progress for women across various sectors. Manappuram Finance Ltd, as the event’s main sponsor, is committed to enhancing the visibility of women in the business world. Coordinated by Pegasus Global Pvt Ltd, the conclave is set to be a vibrant forum for meaningful conversations and empowering stories, with Dr. Fathima Nilufer Sheriff, founder and CEO of Therefore I’m, steering the discussions.

An esteemed panel will feature at the conclave, including Mrs. Sheila Kochouseph Chittilappilly of V Star Creations Pvt Ltd, Mrs. Nazneen Jehangir of NeST Digital, alongside notable personalities like Mrs. Parveen Hafeez, Adv Anna Linda Eden, Dr. Elizabeth Chacko, Dr. Lekshmi Nair, Dr. Radha P Thevannoor, and Ms. Devika Shreyams Kumar of Mathrubhumi Group. These influential leaders will discuss the empowering impact of entrepreneurship for women, drawing from their extensive experiences.

The conclave will also include the presentation of the Women’s Excellence Award 2024, recognizing remarkable achievements by women in diverse areas. V P Nandakumar, CEO and Managing Director of Manappuram Finance Ltd, will honor the awardees as the chief guest. Supported by the Federal International Chamber Forum (FICF) and DQUE Soap, the event gains additional prestige. The FICF, known for its dedication to business excellence and social responsibility, sponsors this important initiative, celebrating both business success and philanthropic efforts. This partnership between Unique Times and Manappuram Finance Ltd underscores their collective dedication to advancing women’s entrepreneurship and societal enhancement.

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Kamila Valieva, a teen Russian figure skater, failed a drugs test in December, according to the International Testing Agency (ITA). The 15-year-old assisted the Russian Olympic Committee in winning team figure skating gold on Monday, but the medals were not awarded due to a “legal issue.”

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) lifted her suspension, allowing her to compete in the Olympics in Beijing. According to the ITA, Valieva, the first female skater to land a quadruple jump in competition, had a sample taken on Christmas Day at the Russian Figure Skating Championships in St Petersburg. It was sent to a laboratory accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) in Stockholm, Sweden.

The result was only announced on February 8, the day after she won team gold but before the medal ceremony. Valieva tested positive for trimetazidine, which is used to prevent angina attacks but is prohibited by Wada because it is classified as a cardiac metabolic modulator and has been shown to improve physical efficiency.

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Journalist jailed in Turkey for insulting the country’s president. Turkish journalist Sedef Kabas has been jailed by a Turkish court. Kabas was arrested in Istanbul on Saturday and ordered by a court to be jailed before the trial.

The proverb quoted by Kabas in a live broadcast on a TV channel affiliated with the opposition was allegedly aimed at President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Kabas, however, denied this. The journalist faces up to one to four years in prison.

“There is a very famous saying that a crowned head belongs to a wise man, but we see that it is not true. The bull will not be king only if he enters the palace, the palace will be a barn,” she told Tele11. Later, they tweeted the same words. Erdogan’s spokesman Fahretin Alton called their comments irresponsible.

He tweeted that a so-called journalist on a television channel that had no other purpose than to spread hatred was nakedly insulting our president. Kabas, however, denied that he had insulted the president in court. She said she had no such intention. Mardan Yanardag, editor of Tele1 channel, criticized Kabas’ arrest.

“It is unacceptable that they were detained at two o’clock in the morning for a proverb,” ​​he said. He said the move was an attempt to intimidate journalists, the media and the community. Erdogan was prime minister for 11 years before becoming the country’s first directly elected president in August 2014. His silencing of critics has caused concern in EU countries. This cooled relations with the European Union and prevented Turkey from attempting to join the EU. Erdogan has been charged with insulting thousands of people since he became president. By 2020, more than 31,000 inquiries have been filed in connection with the crime, Reuters news agency reports.

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The height attained by the plume of last Saturday’s volcanic eruption in Tonga is an indication of its immense force. Scientists in the United Kingdom studying weather satellite data estimate it to be about 55 kilometres (35 miles) above the Earth’s surface.

This is where the stratosphere and mesosphere layers of the atmosphere meet. According to Dr. Simon Proud of RAL Space, these are “unheard-of altitudes” for a volcanic plume. Mount Pinatubo erupted with the greatest force in the second half of the twentieth century in 1991. Its plume is estimated to have reached a height of 40 kilometres.

However, Dr. Proud, who is linked with the UK National Centre for Earth Observation, cautioned that today’s more accurate satellites could have provided a greater altitude for the Philippines occurrence.

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According to his lawyers, a French tourist who has been detained in Iran since 2020 on suspicion of espionage has gone on trial. Benjamin Brière, 36, was arrested after flying a drone near the Iran-Turkmenistan border.

If convicted, he faces prison time, however, his Iran-based lawyer has hinted that officials are considering putting him in a prisoner exchange. Mr. Brière has been on hunger strike since December, which has left him quite fragile, according to another of his lawyers.

Mr. Brière’s lawyer in Paris, Philippe Valent, and Mr. Brière’s sister both stated that a verdict might be given on 22nd January. He is being prosecuted behind closed doors in the Revolutionary Court in Mashhad, Iran’s easternmost city.

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The world’s oldest man has died in Spain. Saturnino de la Fuente García  died a month before he turned 113. She died Tuesday morning at her home in the northern Spanish city of Lyon. He was a shoe maker.

He died on February 8, just as his family was about to celebrate his birthday. In September last year, he was named the Guinness Book of World Records’ oldest man in the world. His wife is Antonina Barry.

He had previously said in an interview that ‘leading a quiet life without hurting anyone’ was the secret of his longevity. He had a son. But that son died in infancy. He has seven daughters, relatives said. At the age of five, Satinino became ill and survived the Spanish flu epidemic.

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Lisbon’s City Hall has been fined €1.25 million ($1.4 million, £1 million) for handing on demonstrators’ contact information to foreign embassies where they were picketing.

According to Portugal’s data commissioner, the mayor’s administration violated demonstrators’ personal data 225 times between 2018 and 2021. Former Socialist Mayor Fernando Medina’s administration shared their information with numerous embassies, including Russia’s. He has apologised for the violations.

According to the data commissioner, several of the violations occurred mere months before the incident became public, when several of the demonstrators expressed their concerns with the city council. The mayor’s office is claimed to have given information about the organisers of 52 protests to embassies across the world, including Russia’s, Cuba’s, and Israel’s.

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Tennis star Novak Djokovic has expressed gratitude to supporters “all around the world” as he awaits a judgement on his expulsion from Australia. 

Djokovic arrived in Australia this week to compete in the Australian Open, after being granted a contentious exemption from Australia’s immunisation restrictions. However, upon landing, he was abruptly denied entry. Djokovic is presently being held in immigration custody in Melbourne, with a court hearing scheduled on Monday.

In his message, the men’s world number one tennis player thanked fans “all over the world for your unwavering support.” “I can feel it, and it is sincerely appreciated,” he added in an Instagram statement. Djokovic, who has stated his opposition to vaccination, was granted a medical exemption to play in the event for unclear reasons, infuriating many Australians.

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